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SOAX Review

Residential and mobile proxies that put you in control.

SOAX’s proxies work well and offer very flexible management options.

Rating 9.0 / 10
4.5/5

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I remember first testing SOAX in 2021. Still a rookie provider, it already looked promising: the proxies rarely failed, offered flexible filtering options, and had decent management tools. Though painfully slow and still unfinished, the overall service was good enough for SOAX to become our Discovery of the Year.

Now, SOAX can no longer be called a newbie. It has significantly improved upon the weaknesses, snatching our Contender of the Year award in 2023. How does SOAX compare with other major providers? And has it grown strong enough to compete with the market leaders: Oxylabs, Bright Data, and Smartproxy?

Let’s find out.

News about SOAX

The service includes 300,000 rotating and dedicated IPs in the US.
The provider now claims to control nearly 200 million proxies.
The provider now charges the same rates for all proxy types.

General Information

Country United Kingdom
Founded 2019
Proxy networks Residential
ISP (rotating)
Mobile
Web scrapers Google, Amazon APIs
Other tools –
Price rangePremium 
Starting price$99 
Payment methodsCredit card, PayPal, cryptocurrencies 
Trial3 days & 100 MB for $1.99 

SOAX is a UK-based company established in 2019 and run by an international staff. In early 2023, SOAX introduced US-based ISP proxies, and it also runs a web scraping API under the ScrapeIn brand.

The company started off as a mid-range provider, positioning itself in-between penny-pinching services with limited features like PacketStream and enterprise-facing behemoths, such as Bright Data or Oxylabs. Nowadays, it’s nearing premium providers in terms of price.

SOAX invests a lot into getting your eyeballs. You can find it on most review platforms like TrustPilot, G2, or Capterra, tech websites like Trustpilot, and even Sourceforge! At one point, the provider used questionable growth hack tactics, such as spamming its website with thin Google-oriented pages; but that remains in the past.

The SOAX of today looks solid. It has ethical guidelines, partners up with The World Ethical Data Forum, and runs a podcast covering ethics in data collection. (You can read or watch our interview on ethics with Stepan, SOAX’s CEO.) And while SOAX doesn’t disclose any concrete sources for its proxies, we know that it offers an SDK for developers to monetize their apps, such as free VPNs.

SOAX Residential Proxies

Residential proxies are SOAX’s main and most affordable service. It consists of around 5 million monthly addresses from various countries around the world.

Features

Format: Proxy pool with 5M IPs
Locations: 150+ countries
Filtering: Country, state, city, ASN
Rotation: Every request, 90-600 sec, as long as available

Concurrency: 300-600 ports, plan based
Traffic: Plan based
SOCKS5: ✅
Authentication: Credentials, IP whitelist

The residential proxies cover most countries in the world. You might have trouble reaching remoter African locations, but the network has grown strong enough to provide an acceptable number of IPs nearly everywhere. You can check their coverage with available ASNs using a map on SOAX’s dashboard.

The targeting and rotation options are very generous. Few providers offer ASN targeting, and when they do, it significantly impacts the price. Furthermore, you can choose to keep an IP until it goes offline, rotate proxies on each connection request, or specify a custom duration. This level of control you get is pretty amazing.

Though advertised as unlimited, the proxies do have some limits, specifically concerning parallel requests. A basic plan gets you 300 ports (IPs you can access at the same time), and you’re advised not to go over 30 concurrent connections on each. Advanced packages increase the number.

SOAX’s residential proxies support HTTP(S) and SOCKS5 protocols. However, you can only use them to access website traffic through ports 80 and 443. So there’s not much difference between the two out of the box. You can get more ports open if your use case adheres to SOAX’s terms of use.

Both user:pass and whitelisted IP authentication are available. But to enable the former, you still have to whitelist an IP address first. Two IP slots are given for free; additional slots can be bought for an extra fee.

Pricing Plans

Model: Subscription
Format: Traffic + ports
Starting price: $99 for 15 GB & 300 ports
Trial: 100 MB for $1.99

SOAX offers monthly plans based on traffic. Unlike most competitors, it also factors in the number of ports you can access at once. This makes SOAX somewhat limited, but only if you scrape at a very fast pace.

The plans start at $99. For this price, you get 15 GB of data ($6.6/GB) and 300 ports at your disposal. The largest plan on display offers 5 TB of data at $2.2/GB. If you want more data, or more ports, you’ll be asked to talk with SOAX’s staff for a custom quote.

​​Aside from the public price, you can get small upgrades that are hard to notice until you look, such as more whitelisted IPs. However, foregoing them doesn’t impact the service in any meaningful way.

To put things into context, SOAX costs less than the big fish like Bright Data and even some mid-range providers. In short, the rates are attractive for what you get throughout the whole range. The main drawback is no option to pay as you go 

Performance Benchmarks

We last tested SOAX’s residential proxies in March 2023.

#1: Pool size & composition

We ran 1M requests over 21 days using the unfiltered pool, 500,000 requests over 14 days using the country pools, and 140,000 connection requests over 7 days using the Australian pool. We enriched IP data with the IP2Location database.

GatewayUnique IPsResidential %
Random 620,81096.08% 
US 113,23161.51% 
UK 59,66099.41% 
Germany 118,40497.80% 
France 158,84598.28% 
India 59,74396.18% 
Australia 8,47799.15% 

SOAX’s residential proxy network has grown to be quite large. Throughout the testing period, we received over 50,000 unique IPs in most locations, and over 7,000 unique proxies in Australia. Compared to early 2022 when we previously tested the provider, it’s made significant improvements. 

That said, the IP database identified nearly 40% of SOAX’s US proxies as non-residential addresses. This is likely because the provider included ISP proxy servers in its pool, which sometimes have trouble with IP databases. 

#2: Infrastructure performance

This benchmark shared the same parameters as the pool test. Our computer was located in Germany. We targeted a global CDN – it pinged a server nearest to the proxy IP and had a response size of several kilobytes.

GatewayAvg. success rateAvg. response time
Random99.03%1.05 s 
US98.29%0.95 s
UKs99.53%0.55 s 
Germany99.44%0.64 s
France99.55%0.55 s 
India98.58%1.81 s 
Australia99.30%1.65 s
The results were great. Our connection requests nearly always reached their target, and SOAX’s response time was under one second in all European locations. To give you some context, in early 2022 this same proxy network was several times slower. Now, it has almost caught up to the top residential proxy providers like Oxylabs and Bright Data.

#3: Performance with popular targets

We made ~2,600 connection requests to each target using US-filtered proxies and a non-headless Python scraper. Our computer was located in Germany. Note that your results may differ based on your web scraping setup.

WebsiteAvg. success rateAvg. response time
Amazon99.06%3.76 s 
Google98.15%1.88 s 
Social Media99.55%1.67 s 
Walmart99.51%2.39 s
Total99.07%2.43 s

The results were nearly flawless here, as well. We experienced very few connection errors, even when accessing hard targets like Google or the photo-focused social media network. Few other providers were able to match SOAX under the same parameters when we tested them for 2023’s Proxy Market Research.

SOAX Mobile Proxies

Mobile proxies are SOAX’s service for targets that regular residential IPs can’t crack. It’s one of the few peer-to-peer-based mobile proxy networks in the market. SOAX claims to control around 3.5 million monthly IPs.

Features

Format: Proxy pool with 3.5M IPs
Locations: 150+
Filtering: Country, state, city, ASN
Rotation: Every request, 90-600 sec, as long as available

Concurrency: 300-600 ports, plan based
Traffic: Plan based
SOCKS5: 
Authentication: Credentials, IP whitelist

SOAX has a unified system for its mobile and residential IPs, so they’re identical in terms of features. This means you get the same granular targeting options (including city and ASN), as well as flexible rotation settings.

The number of ports is limited, but it’s hardly an issue for mobile proxies, which are often used in a more reserved fashion compared to other proxy types.

Once again: if you care about the SOCKS5 protocol, note that it has very few ports open by default. It’s a good idea to ask SOAX if it’s possible to enable the ones you need before purchase.

Pricing Plans

Model: Subscription
Format: Traffic + ports
Starting price: $99 for 15 GB & 300 ports
Trial: 100 MB for $1.99

SOAX’s mobile profiles run on a subscription model that automatically renews every month until you cancel it. As it’s a peer-to-peer network, the main criterion is traffic use. SOAX also factors in ports – their number increases as you scale up.

The cheapest mobile plan costs $99, or the same amount as access to SOAX’s residential proxies. Amazingly, the rates are also identical, making SOAX a great deal. Currently, these are probably the cheapest premium-level mobile proxies in the market.

Performance Benchmarks

We last tested SOAX’s mobile proxies in March 2023.

#1: Pool size & composition

We ran 280,000 requests over 14 days using the unfiltered pool and country pools, and 140,000 connection requests over 7 days using the Australian pool. We enriched IP data with the IP2Location database.

GatewayUnique IPsMobile %
Random227,27498.02%
US39,60499.70%
UK10,80599.72%
Germany16,73099.11%
France21,77198.06%
India183,77199.91%
Australia3,09681.07%
SOAX’s proxy network is large enough for serious work in popular locations. With nearly 40,000 unique IPs in the US, it even managed to beat Bright Data, which could only muster ~8,200 during the same testing period (in March 2023). You’ll have the best experience in Eastern Europe, where SOAX has the largest presence.

#2: Infrastructure performance

This benchmark shared the same parameters as the pool test. Our computer was located in Germany. We targeted a global CDN – it pinged a server nearest to the proxy IP and had a response size of several kilobytes.

GatewayAvg. success rateAvg. response time
Random98.22%1.72 s 
US98.50%1.60 s 
UK98.31%1.40 s 
Germany98.16%1.33 s 
France98.13%1.37 s 
India96.98%2.33 s 
Australia98.73%2.02 s 
SOAX’s mobile proxies had a really high success rate, proving that the provider’s infrastructure works well. Though longer compared to the residential proxies, their response time is also relatively fast in the context of other mobile proxy networks: similar to Bright Data’s and up to 40% slower than Oxylabs’. 

#3: Performance with popular targets

We made ~2,600 connection requests to each target using US-filtered proxies and a non-headless Python scraper. Our computer was located in Germany. Note that your results may differ based on your web scraping setup.

WebsiteAvg. success rateAvg. response time
Amazon97.15%4.50 s 
Google95.78% 2.67 s
Social Media98.11%2.40 s 
Walmart98.44% 3.26 s 
Total97.37%3.21 s

The results were nearly flawless, showing that these IPs hadn’t experienced much abuse.

How to Use SOAX

This section shows what it’s like to use SOAX’s service, from registration to customer support.

Registration

To register with SOAX, you have to fill in a form with basic information and your use case, then confirm the registration via an email. 

SOAX also requires undergoing a KYC check when you buy a plan, which involves sending your photo ID to a third-party service. 

Dashboard

SOAX’s dashboard is an elegant control panel that evidently received a lot of love from the creators. The dashboard covers all the basics one could expect: you can authenticate, set up a proxy server, buy a plan, read the help docs, and get support.

We especially liked the Online Check tab. It shows not only now many ASNs are online in each country but also their connection status. That’s not something we encounter often.

Another thing we need to emphasize is how attentive SOAX is to new users. Multiple tabs in the dashboard have interactive onboarding wizards that guide you through the hoops of getting accustomed with the service. The Intercom-based chat also attempts to settle you in via a drip message campaign, though we’re not sure if we like this part. Flashbacks to misuse from other websites.

Subscription Management

SOAX offers self-service for its proxy networks – it’s possible to buy a plan by yourself. This doesn’t apply to cryptocurrency payments, which require contacting support.

SOAX’s dashboard includes wallet functionality, so you can top up the account in advance to prevent charging your card multiple times. This is useful when you want to top up your traffic without getting a new plan. Just be aware that this process is manual, so your access can still be suspended if you’re not careful. 

The dashboard has a separate tab for viewing your balance, transaction history, and downloading invoices

Proxy Management

The proxy setup ritual here is pretty elaborate. Even though you can authorize using a username and password, you’ll still have to whitelist an IP address first. Team SOAX argue that this is to protect themselves and their users. We argue that they don’t like resellers. In any case, keep this in mind, even if SOAX mentions a workaround for people with dynamic IPs.

After whitelisting an IP address, you can set up a proxy server. There are two ways to do so: via the Login & Password flow or the IP Whitelist flow. In any case, you’ll have to choose a rotation time, specify the location and/or ISP, and then map them to the ports you have.

For example, with an allowance of 100 ports, we assigned ports 10060-10070 to Spain and 10040-10049 to the UK. Note that IP address settings override Login & Password, and the provider advises against using both at once.

You can also create a list of proxies and export it into a text file.

Finally, SOAX offers an API. It’s pretty basic and nothing to write home about. Perhaps acknowledging this, the provider has it disabled until you explicitly request access. According to the help docs, the API’s functions are limited to fetching lists of locations and ISPs. So, don’t expect too much from it.

Usage Tracking

One aspect that could be improved is visualization of data use. The provided graph is small and stingy. You can see how much traffic you’ve expended over a given period, but that’s pretty much it. SOAX could learn a thing or two in this regard, even if there’s no need to go all out like providers such as NetNut have.

soax dashboard data graph
This is the only graph for data visualization.

Documentation

SOAX has a documentation hub covering various aspects of its service. It includes:

  • an FAQ,
  • quick-start guide,
  • proxy setup instructions,
  • billing information,
  • API documentation,
  • integration tutorials, and
  • video guides.


The hub is pretty comprehensive: there are around 40 different integration guides, some of which provide instructions for multiple tools. Documentation is an area where SOAX has improved noticeably since we first tested the provider.

Hands-On Support

You can contact SOAX’s support via live chat, email, phone, or Telegram. The provider also specifies tickets in the SLA but selecting the Support tab in the dashboard simply activates the live chat. 

We contacted the support multiple times using the live chat functionality. The replies came quickly (one exception aside, within five minutes) and managed to answer our questions. All in all, SOAX’s support left us with a positive impression, at least during daytime in Europe.

Conclusion

In just a few years, SOAX has grown into a competent proxy provider and a strong competitor to most mid-range and premium services. While not without flaws, it keeps the qualities that made it special, while significantly improving on the weaknesses. At this point, SOAX is a well-rounded option for anyone that needs residential or mobile proxies.

SOAX Alternatives

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Rating 9.2 / 10
5/5

Smartproxy is the first place to go if SOAX is not an option for you. It offers similar performance, great user experience, proxy-based tools and more features.

Oxylabs logo
Rating 9.3 / 10
4.6/5

Oxylabs is like a premium version of SOAX. It controls a significantly larger IP pool, and you can get specialized APIs that simplify web scraping.

Bright Data logo
Rating 9.1 / 10
4.6/5

Bright Data is one of the biggest player in the premium space. It offers more features, some powerful proxy management tools, and complete pre-scraped data sets.

Recommended for:

Anyone who needs precise location and session control.

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Rating 9.2 / 10
4.6/5

Use the code proxyway to get 20% off.

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Adam Dubois
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